Sokoine University of Agriculture

Predation and risk factors associated with parasitic infestations of farmed fish in Kirinyaga county, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Murugami, J. W.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-28T14:00:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-28T14:00:36Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/2208
dc.description Masters Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract Predators affect aquaculture by feeding on fish, causing injuries and spreading diseases. Questionnaires were administered to 137 fish farmers in Kirinyaga County assessing farming practices, constraints, type of predators and extent of predation experienced by fish farmers. Prevalence of parasites was evaluated in 289 fish (203 tilapia, 86 catfish) and 50 piscivorous birds in the region. Tilapia, catfish and ornamental fish were the main species of fish farmed. Overgrown vegetation, low water levels and poor predator control methods were the main management constraints observed. Low quality and expensive feeds, water scarcity, predation, theft and lack of proper markets were major fish production constraints. Piscivorous birds (Herons, kingfisher, ibis, hamerkop), otters, monitor lizards and snakes were the main predators encountered. Predators were controlled by fencing (10%), pond netting (21%) and chasing them away (74%). Tilapia (39%) and catfish (45%) from earthen ponds were infested with at least one species of helminth parasite. Farms which had higher presence of birds also had more parasitic infestations. Prevalence of parasites isolated in tilapia were; Acanthocephala spp. (11%), Clinostomum spp. (5%), Dactylogyrus spp. (3%) and Diplostomum spp. (22%). In catfish, they were; Acanthocephala spp. (4%), Contracaecum spp. (24%), Dactylogyrus spp. (5%), Diplostomum spp. (11%), Gyrodactyrus spp. (6%) and Paracamallanus spp. (16%). Water birds including herons, cormorants, kingfishers, hamerkop, spoonbill and several stilts were infested with Clinostomum spp. (4%), Contracaecum spp. (2%), Acanthocephala spp. (16%), and cestodes (36%). Genera of parasites with documented zoonotic importance isolated from fish and predatory birds were; Clinostomum spp., Contracaecum spp. and Acanthocephala spp. Predation has a significant role in aquaculture profitability. Most farmers don’t practice effective predator control methods due to inadequate knowledge on losses impacted and ability of predators to spread diseases in aquaculture. Farmers should be trained and advised on handling and cooking of fish to avoid contracting zoonotic parasites. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sokoine University of Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Predation en_US
dc.subject Risk factors en_US
dc.subject Parasitic infestations en_US
dc.subject Farmed fish en_US
dc.subject Fish en_US
dc.subject Tilapia en_US
dc.subject Catfish en_US
dc.subject Ornamental fish en_US
dc.subject Kirinyaga county en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.title Predation and risk factors associated with parasitic infestations of farmed fish in Kirinyaga county, Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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